Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on the President’s Budget Proposal
“The President must have mistakenly thought he won the Powerball because the tax and spending spree contained in his budget is in stark difference to the reality of the dire straits of our nation's finances. Our $19 trillion debt is mortgaging our children's future and making the U.S. vulnerable in the world, yet the President has proposed another non-serious budget on the backs of Americans with a $2.6 trillion tax hike.
“This budget's misguided priorities include a crippling tax on energy and gas, an expansion of the disastrous Obamacare, and billions in new spending for his pet projects, while decimating critical homeland security funding.
“Republicans and Democrats must come together to find solutions to get our finances back on track, but this budget is wrong for America and the people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn.”
-- Congressman Donovan represents Staten Island and South Brooklyn in Congress.
Background on Homeland Security Cuts
In FY 2015, the New York City area received $180,926,000 in UASI funding of the total available pool nationwide of $587 million. The President’s budget proposes cutting UASI funding for FY 2017 by $270 million to a total funding level of $317 million, likely resulting in a dramatic reduction for New York City.
The UASI program, as described by state and federal security agencies, addresses the unique planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas. The program assists those jurisdictions in building capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.
New York State received $76,949,000 in FY 2015 from the State Homeland Security Program out of a total available pool of $402 million. The President’s budget proposes to cut the program in FY 2017 by $267 million, more than 50 percent.
The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), as described by state and federal security agencies, provides funds for states to plan, organize, train and equip to respond to terrorist incidents. Much of UASI and SHSP funding is dual-use, meaning that training and equipment can generally assist states in responding to natural disasters as well as terrorist incidents.